Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Review: Preview | Mike Tomkins

In mid-2012, Leica announced perhaps one of its most unique digital cameras to date. The Leica M Monochrom took the body of the M9-P, and swapped in a full-frame CCD image sensor that lacked a color filter. Without filtering, the sensor provided a completely monochrome image, and significantly higher sensitivity than a Bayer-filtered sensor. Now, it follows up with the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), retaining the earlier camera’s name and tacking on a slightly clumsy model number as it has done with other models since early 2014. The M Monochrom (Typ 246) sports a brand-new body and reworked internals. The new body is just a touch deeper and quite a bit heavier than that of the original M Monochrom. In redesigning the body, Leica has reworked the Typ 246’s controls — including a switch to a traditional rear dial that’s tucked into the thumb grip — and done away with the bright line illumination window. Inside, the M Monochrom (Typ 246) features a brand-new 24 megapixel CMOS image sensor, in place of the earlier 18 megapixel CCD chip. It’s still unfiltered, creating monochromatic images, and with a total pixel count about a third higher than that of its predecessor, linear resolution should be about 15% higher, all else being equal…….

Source: www.imaging-resource.com

Leica M Monochrom

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